For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
Guided by the philosophy of revolutionary educator Maria Montessori, who said, “Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world,” Julie Smith guides young minds at Casa De Colores Montessori School. Julie, a NCME-certified teacher, draws on more than two decades of experience with teaching in public, private, and Montessori schools as she encourages children to grow into responsible, engaged human beings. She shepherds her pupils along a path of self-motivated education, rather than falling back on the juice-box bribery and teddy-bear-deprivation cycle that binds the traditional educational system.
Gerhard Gotzmann of DesertShot, Inc., an airborne photography company, has been teaching people and determined penguins to fly for 18 years. He'll give each student the same beginner's training that pilots use to earn their private license, allowing students take to the sky with the instructor in a Cessna C-172 propeller plane. Bring along a friend or trusty Wookie co-pilot and share the bird’s-eye view of dramatic Southwestern terrain. Call for an appointment.
The artistic shutterbugs at Santini Photography encourage their subjects to articulate their own vision for a photo shoot, allowing the photographers to tailor each shoot to encompass the client’s wishes. This creative collaboration yields a unique styling and relaxed atmosphere that captures the essence of a giggling infant, diploma-chewing high school graduate, or glowing mother-to-be. The third-generation boutique studio perfects portraits of groups as well as individuals, welcoming families for professionally lit sessions. After a photo shoot, clients can order prints for framing or acquire contemporary wall displays for covering up holes left from fly-swatting trebuchets still in testing.
Santini Photography also encourages donations to Operation Smile—a children’s medical charity that provides free surgeries for youth born with facial deformities—by offering photo sessions for those who donate.
Whether they're painting flowers, monarch butterflies, or reproductions of famous Van Gogh paintings, the students at Teresa Fernández's art school learn classic techniques while letting their own unique perspectives shine. As a former university-level art-history teacher and longtime mixed-media artist, Teresa has worked with many students over her career. Today, she helps kids, teens, and adults realize their artistic potential in drawing and painting classes in which they learn to depict light, shadow, and texture.
Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
Maria Chuchena's staff updates traditional Mexican cuisine to feature contemporary adaptations on their lunch and dinner menus. Dive into modern Mexican with an order of La Rosas—cheese empanadas topped with strawberry and rose petal sauce ($7). Beer-battered fish tacos ($9) or trio mixteco—grilled chicken topped with a mixture of adobo, mole verde, and poblano sauces ($12)—give spice to afternoons otherwise spent cataloguing DVDs by the number of actors in each one. Sautéed shrimp enchiladas ($12) and slow-braised duck carnitas ($15) surprise tongues with a twist of typical Mexican eats. The currently featured Viva Oaxaca tribute menu highlights the flavors of its eponymous region with dishes including ensalada de cabra, a goat cheese salad in mango vinaigrette ($9), and lengua de estofado, an oaxacan beef-tongue stew ($18).